It’s that time of year again where most parts of Australia lose an hour of sleep as Daylight Saving Time begins in the lead-up to summer.
While many people are aware that they need to change their clocks, it can be a confusing time and there’s usually a relative or family friend who forgets or gets mixed up as to whether they’re meant to move their clock forward or back an hour. This can result in them being too early or too late for their important events. It can also spark confusion for people travelling interstate or for those with loved ones in different parts of the country.
The good news is Daylight Saving Time doesn’t kick in until Sunday October 7 at 2am, so there is still time before the changes come into place. At this time, or before going to bed on Saturday evening, residents across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania should move their clocks forward an hour.
This includes digital clocks on radios, microwaves and ovens. People in these states will lose an hour when they jump forward, although the hour will be gained in exactly six months when the clocks are turned back an hour on April 7, 2019.
For people living in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Daylight Saving Time isn’t enforced so these residents don’t need to worry about changing their clocks. It should be noted that in the past, digital clocks on computers, phones, tablets and smartwatches have automatically jumped ahead an hour – even for people not in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australia Capital Territory and Tasmania. As such, it’s always a good idea to double check devices to ensure you’re on the right time zone.
It’s also a timely reminder for those in states where Daylight Savings isn’t observed that live TV is often delayed by an hour, meaning social media can become a hotspot for spoilers.
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This year has also been confusing, given Daylight Savings usually kicks in on Grand Final Football weekend, meaning it feels later than it usually is. According to the Australian Government, Daylight Saving Time always kicks in on the first Sunday in October, where clocks are put forward one hour.